A Technology Influencer's musings

A blog exploring the various learning's I have in my day to day role at Microsoft. Currently I'm a technology strategist in the Enterprise Products team and most of my blogs focus on what I think it takes to do that job well.

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  • Blog Post: BizTalk 2010 has been released

    Many of you have been waiting for this, and BizTalk 2010 has just been released to manufacturing. It will be available for purchase starting October 1 st , 2010. The evaluation and free Developer editions are now available for download from the BizTalk Server website . Cheers Peter
  • Blog Post: A Web based version of the BizTalk Rules Composer

    As part of a proof-of-concept I was working on last year, we needed to show that the BizTalk Business Rules could be created and managed via a Web Application instead of through the standard Business Rules Composer tool that we provide out of the box. The client had certain requirements that meant that...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft ESB Guidance: Error - Host restarting every minute

    We'll I just spent about three hours tonight fighting with this issue, so I thought I'd post about it to hopefully save someone else from having to go through this. I was trying to run a couple of samples from the ESB and I noticed that whenever I used an example that had to use an orchestration...
  • Blog Post: ESB Exception Management fails with Canadian Regional Settings

    I spent an hour or so this morning working with a college to debug a strange error he was getting when he tried to use on of the Exception Management Framework samples that are in the ESB guidance for BizTalk. He was intentionally creating exceptions and he expected to see them routed into the ESB exception...
  • Blog Post: Using the ESB Guidance - Installation Process and Checklists

    Many people are eager to get their hands on the new Microsoft ESB Guidance for BizTalk and to start exploring all of the great stuff it contains. However, we’re seeing that a lot of people are struggling with the installation process. Therefore, I thought I’d put together some documentation on the process...
  • Blog Post: Awesome new BizTalk Database Optimization Whitepaper

    One of the most tricky aspects of developing BizTalk applications can be the performance tuning and optimization phase. A great new whitepaper has just been released to MSDN that has extremely deep and thorough coverage on how to configure, install and tune the a BizTalk database tier. This is a must...
  • Blog Post: Using the ESB Guidance: Dynamic Transformation and Routing

    In my last entry , I showed how developers could use our new ESB guidance to submit generic messages into BizTalk and have that message routed to a Service Endpoint based on a UDDI entry. Today, I thought I'd expand on that example and add in another common scenario that occurs within an ESB architecture...
  • Blog Post: Using the Microsoft ESB Guidance: UDDI

    Some of you may have heard by now that we are in the process of releasing the Microsoft Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) guidance. This guidance contains pre-built components, use cases, documentation and sales material that our Business Process Integration partners can use to rapidly deploy ESBs on top...
  • Blog Post: Installing, setting up and using the BizTalk SAP adapter

    Wow, its been a busy couple of months here. I was looking forward to getting to the Microsoft SOA conference in Seattle back at the start of October, but I ended up being pulled back to Toronto for a pressing BizTalk opportunity we had going. That opportunity pretty much took all of my time for the...
  • Blog Post: The parallel shape DOES NOT give you concurrent parallel processing - a common mistake

    After running across this topic several times (and in several different places) over the past few weeks, I thought it would be worth writing up a quick blurb about it. This topic I've run into revolves around the parallel shape in BizTalk orchestrations and whether or not it actually provides you with...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk and Database Mirror: Supported or Not?

    Lots of BizTalk developers and architects have been looking at the SQL Server 2005 database mirror option and are wondering if they can use this to implement a low cost disaster recovery solution for their BTS environments. It certainly is a tempting solution and it sure seems to be viable from technical...
  • Blog Post: New Interesting BizTalk Adapters from our Partners

    I just wanted to point out a couple of interesting adapters that our partners are providing for BizTalk 2006. Zouak consulting is providing a beta version of an adapter for integrating with RIM's Blackberry. You can find info about it at. http://www.zouak.com/Products.aspx Another partner, TwoConnect...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk and WinFX (oh, I mean .NET 3.0!)

    There certainly been a lot going on around here. We've renamed WinFX to .NET 3.0, we've announced the R2 version of BizTalk 2006 and we've had one of our founders announce plans to transition out of his fulltime role. I had planned to drill down a bit into the first two items. With regards to the last...
  • Blog Post: Consolidate to a single BizTalk database? Yes you can!

    I ran into a interesting and undocumented feature of BizTalk 2006 a couple weeks ago that I thought I'd share. A colleague of mine, Jim Bowyer, had found out that with BizTalk 2006, you can consolidate most of your BizTalk database into a single one. For those of you that aren't completely familiar...
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